Ska on the Bay
Ska, ska, ska. Jamaican ska. Sound familiar? By now you would have seen the viral video on social media displaying a clip set in the 1960's with a that familiar tune in the background. If you have, then we know you are ready for ‘SKA on the Bay!.' Tapas on the Bay presents another musical treat on November 25 with an equally exciting Jamaican menu to suit.
In the late 1950's a new sound hit the Jamaican music scene and quickly became the island's dominant music genre for over a decade. Ska, as it became known, is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the off-beat. Elements of Caribbean mento, Calypso, American Jazz, Rhythm and Blues are all incorporated to create Ska music, from which would later birth music genres such as Rocksteady and Reggae.
The timing of this typically quick and upbeat sound coincided with the celebratory feelings surrounding Jamaica's independence in 1962. Ska's easily recognisable style and infectious rhythm was made for dancing. The music complete with an range dance moves caught on like wildfire, spreading throughout the islands and to the rest of the world. There are a variety of Ska dance steps, those most popularly known include the Western Roll, the Rowing, Ska-ing, Ska-Riding and the Ska-Stomping.
Come join us at Tapas in Rodney Bay from 7 p.m. Choose from a traditional selection of Jamaican cuisine and Appleton Rum Cocktails. "Fiwi Appetiza" is Manish Water Soup, Ackee & Salt Fish with Festival or Ital-Callaloo fritters. Have a "belly full time" with Stew Oxtail, Jerk Pork Ribs or Escovitch Fish. "Wa-mek-yu sweet so?" Is it the Mama corn l pudding with beet-root ice cream or sweet potato pudding with Blue Mountain Coffee ice cream?
Dress for the occasion if it suits you and capture the memories in our Ska-themed photo booth. Bring your dancing shoes and from 8 p.m. Ska the night away to your favourites from Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster, The Maytals and many more, all whilst enjoying some Red Stripe. If you need to freshen up on those moves, we've got you covered with a Ska Dance Class on November 18 from 9 p.m. Persons wishing to have dinner are encouraged to call Tapas at 485-7189 for reservations. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Tapas on The Bay to win prizes and keep up to date with all our events. Let's make it a date!